Michigan Ecstasy Defense Lawyer for Ecstasy Related Charges in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing
Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a synthetic drug commonly taken in tablet or capsule form, and has psychoactive and stimulant properties. Individuals who take this drug often experience increased energy and mental stimulation among other short-term effects. Also known on the street as 'love drug,' 'XTC,' 'hug,' 'beans,' and simply 'X,' ecstasy is a drug that is illegal and will find those convicted of possession, manufacture or distribution facing serious criminal penalties.
At Grabel & Associates, our long and successful track record protecting those arrested on drug-related charges makes us an exceptional choice in legal representation. Individuals convicted for crimes involving ecstasy often face long prison sentences, along with other penalties. Contact us immediately for outstanding legal guidance.
Facts about Ecstasy
Ecstasy not only provides the user with short time 'feel good' effects, it also causes numerous side effects, which may include blurred vision, sweating, memory loss, chills and nausea. In rare circumstances, MDMA may be fatal as it interferes with the body's ability to regulate temperature.
A Schedule I drug, ecstasy is the fourth most popular drug in the U.S. today. In Michigan, drugs are classified under schedules according to their tendency for addiction and/or abuse. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous in terms of potential addiction, and therefore subject those who commit crimes involving those drugs/substances to the most severe punishment allowed under Michigan law.
According to the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), 2.8 million Americans age 12 and older had abused ecstasy or MDMA at least one time in a one-year period prior to being surveyed in 2009.
Ecstasy was first used years ago by doctors during psychotherapy sessions; it then became a drug used for recreational purposes in the early 80s. The federal government's DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) then worked in conjunction with Congress to make the drug illegal in 1985. Both state and federal authorities prosecute cases involving ecstasy vigorously today.
Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a drug similar chemically to methamphetamine, a stimulant drug, and mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. Because of its interaction with serotonin (a neurotransmitter) in the brain, ecstasy can lead to severe anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and confusion. Cognitive abilities may be decreased in individuals who are chronic users of MDMA.
Michigan Ecstasy Defense Lawyers Protect Those Accused of Crimes Involving Ecstasy (MDMA)
Being arrested for possession, manufacturing or distribution of ecstasy is serious; it is critical that you consult with an experienced attorney whether you are under investigation, or have already been charged.
Of the crimes related to ecstasy, use incurs the least harsh penalties and is considered a misdemeanor offense. However, in the state of Michigan you may still face a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail or both, even for simple use. Possession of ecstasy is a felony offense, and could leave those convicted facing a sentence which includes a fine of up to $15,000 and prison time of as much as 10 years, or both.
Other offenses involving ecstasy such as possession with intent, manufacture, delivery or creation are felony crimes and subject those accused to the harshest of penalties which may include a fine of up to $25,000, up to 20 years in prison, or both.
Other mitigating circumstances could potentially mean harsher sentencing. These circumstances include whether MDMA was delivered to a minor, was delivered within 1,000 feet of or at a school, or manufacture of the drug took place within 500 feet of a school, church, park, business, or home. If the individual arrested has a prior drug conviction, penalties will be more severe if convicted.
At Grabel & Associates we are dedicated to protecting the legal rights and freedom of individuals charged with crimes involving the use, possession of, distribution or manufacture of ecstasy. We have an exceptional record for reaching positive outcomes for our clients, and provide an aggressive, effective defense. Contact a Michigan drug crime defense attorney with our firm today at 1-800-342-7896.